Area Republicans packed the Sunrise Grill in Des Plaines for a Maine Township Republican unity breakfast that was standing room only Saturday morning.
Among the top dignitaries addressing GOP faithful were Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, senatorial candidate Jim Oberweis and 10th Congressional District candidate Robert Dold.
Rauner summed up the theme of the event. “Primaries are tough but in the end we come together,” Rauner told the crowd.
Radio host and Republican activist Dan Proft talked about the importance of Maine Township in taking back the Illinois House and the support his Liberty Political Action Committee (PAC) would give to GOP house candidates.
He said the whole focus of his organization is to focus on taking back the Illinois House.
“Maine Township is the way to do that,” Proft said. “Char (Foss-Eggemann) was the first step in turning it around. We were honored to support her, OK, legal disclaimer, in an independent, non-coordinated way.”
He continued, “These races are won on the ground, all we do is provide air support.”
Dold, running to get his old 10th District seat back from Democrat Brad Schneider said, “Can you feel the excitement? It does not happen without you… This is going to be one of the top two or three races in the nation and it comes down to the grassroots.”
Others at the event included state Republican Chairman and Rosemont Village Trustee Jack Dorgan, township committeemen from Elk Grove, Wheeling, Niles, Hanover and Leyden townships, State Rep. and 41st Ward Committeeman Michael McAuliffe running against Democrat Mo Khan, a top representative from the Chicago GOP organization, State Rep. David Harris (R-53rd) and Mel Thillens, running in the 55th State House District against Democrat Marty Moylan of Des Plaines.
The event was organized and hosted by Foss-Eggemann of Park Ridge who defeated Maine Township Supervisor Carol Teschky in a race that was at times hostile to take over as Maine Township committeeman from Rosemary Mulligan who did not seek reelection.
Teschky was at the event and delivered a conciliatory message.
After joking that she got a new title in this election, “I never knew I was a Chicago ward boss,” Teschky said, “Now we have to come together. The enemies are not here, they are out there, the Democrats. We have to work together and remember who the enemy is.”
“Both Carol and I had spirited campaigns, imagine what we can do together,” Foss-Eggemann said. “I can call her my friend.”
Oberweis also had praise for Foss-Eggemann saying, “I was one of the first to write you a check (campaign contribution).”
Oberweis said Maine Township was key ground for Republicans and praised his primary opponent Doug Truax.
Missing from the event, and not discussed, was Susanne Atanus, the GOP nominee elected Tuesday to face off against U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th), a Congressional district that includes much of Maine Township.
Top state and county leaders renewed calls on Atanus to drop out of the race since her win in the Mar. 18 primary.
Atanus made national headlines after discussing the relationship to “God’s anger” to severe weather, diseases like autism and AIDS and sin, especially gay rights, gay marriage and abortion in January.
The Journal has reported Atanus’ views that stock market indexes like the NASDAQ and Dow Jones should be eliminated because the markets actually have “no down days.” Atanus says eliminating those market indexes would provide, “positive daily returns (through stocks) for all.”
Atanus also believes 20 to 25% of corporate profits should go to state and local governments after federal taxes are paid and favors bringing the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
When asked how she would approach Atanus’ candidacy, Foss-Eggemann said she had only had the job of committeeman for a few days and said she would need to discuss the issue with others in the township organization.